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FIXED TERM: 2 years, 37 hours per week
SALARY: £38,296 - £41,496 (pay award pending)
LOCATION: Tiverton

Mid Devon is an attractive rural district in the agricultural heartland of Devon, between Dartmoor, Exmoor and the Blackdown Hills. It is accessible from the M5 motorway and Great Western Mainline railway and is close to Exeter city. The district has over 2000 listed buildings, 51 Conservation Areas, 49 Scheduled Monuments, 3 registered parks and gardens and 16 locally important parks and gardens.

An exciting opportunity as has arisen for an experienced, enthusiastic and self-motivated Conservation expert to join our team of two Conservation Officers. The successful candidate will help deliver an effective and efficient heritage and conservation service. You will be responsible for completing and maintaining a Buildings at Risk Register, the preparation and review of Conservation Area Appraisals and management plans, playing a key role in the delivery of heritage led regeneration projects, maintaining the Council’s register of buildings of local historic interest, preparing a Historic Environment Appraisal, and providing technical support for the preparation of the new Local Plan, master-planning and other planning guidance. The successful candidate will also have caseload of applications for Listed Building Consent and respond to planning application consultations. You will provide timely, expert and impartial technical advice in relation to conservation matters to other departments of the Council, agencies, developers, Councillors and the general public.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in working with listed buildings and conservation areas and the practical conservation of the historic environment. You will have effective time management, excellent communication skills and be committed to providing a customer focused service, have knowledge of standard IT packages and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. You will need to be able to travel around the district.

You will be required to have a degree or other recognised qualification in one or more of the appropriate disciplines, including historic building conservation, design, architecture or planning. If a planning degree is your sole qualification, we would expect your course content to have had a significant element in one of the above design disciplines. Membership of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation would be advantageous.  

To find out more

To find out more about this role please contact Tristan Peat, Forward Planning Team Leader on 01884 234344

For full details please read the Job Description and Person Specification - PF03 - Conservation Officer

The Job Description refers to the level of competencies required for this post. For an explanation of what this means, please see Core Competencies.

A satisfactory basic disclosure check and three years complete employment history will be requested in the event of you being offered the position.

How to apply

Please download and complete our Job Application Form and send to Alternatively, print and send by post to:

Human Resources
Mid Devon District Council
Phoenix House
Phoenix Lane
Tiverton, Devon
EX16 6PP

Please remember to quote the following post and vacancy numbers:

CLOSING DATE:  19 June 2023 at 1:00pm

MDDC reserves the right to close this vacancy early. We therefore encourage early applications.

We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.  We are keen to make our interviews accessible. Let us know on your job application if you have a disability and need any reasonable adjustments.

We're committed to Equality of Opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

If we've not contacted you within two weeks of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Thank you for showing an interest in this vacancy and we wish you every success with your on-going job search.

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